Webinar: Engaging young people in the age of social distancing

The outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has plunged us into an unprecedented crisis. The youth advice and counselling sector is facing a host of challenges, from a pivot to remote working and the effect of the crisis on young people's mental health to critical pressures on funding.

As the national membership organisation for youth information, advice and counselling services, Youth Access is working to ensure that the sector is equipped to meet the challenges we face. As part of our response to the current situation, we are organising a series of webinars to provide members with a forum to discuss challenges, share ideas and practices and find opportunities to work together on collective resources and campaigns.

The third webinar in the series will bring together practitioners working at youth information, advice and counselling services to look at the challenges of engaging young people in the age of social distancing, and share tools and ideas for how to produce high quality digital activities.

Who is the webinar for?

This webinar has been organised for practitioners providing services directly to young people at youth information, advice and counselling services (YIACS) in the UK. The webinar is exclusive to practitioners at Youth Access member organisations. Find out how your organisation can become a member here.

What will the webinar cover?

In the webinar we will look at how to keep young people engaged during lockdown through activities such as online group sessions, social media and remote training. It will cover questions like:

  • How can we create online spaces and activities to keep young people engaged?
  • What tools and innovative practices are there that can help us to support young people's participation and engagement?
  • How can we support young people who face barriers to participating remotely?

The webinar will be a participatory space where each participant will have the opportunity to share their experiences, challenges and solutions. The webinar will contribute towards creating a Community of Practice, supporting members through a variety of challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis.

Register for the webinar here